Local athletes have a ball

Free throw contest fields highest turnout ever


The Pope Pius XII Knights of Columbus of East Meadow hosted its annual free throw contest inside the gymnasium at St. Raphael’s Parish on Jan. 11.

The contest was open to boys and girls between the ages of 9 to 14, and yielded the highest turnout ever with 55 children. “It’s great for the community, the church and everybody,” said Paul Wissert, of the Knights of Columbus, who, with Alan Bacci, has organized the event since 1997.

This year’s winners among the boys were Nicholas Giardino, 9, Jordan Chalmers, 10, Brendan Wilkowki, 11, Tyler Luciano, 12, Michael Halkitis, 13, and Domenic Schwarz, 14.

From the girls, the winning sharpshooters were Lindsay Solenski, 9, Kerry Clark, 11 Nicole Morreale, 12, and Sara Polansky, 13.

The winners will take their talents to Kellenberg Memorial High School in Uniondale on Feb. 16 at 2 p.m. to compete in the district competition, against representatives from Merrick, Hempstead, Uniondale and Roosevelt.